Things to See and Do in Sligo
Markree is an ideal location from which to explore the Sligo area as well as for making day trips into neighbouring counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Mayo. Markree Castle is a base from which to make drives and walks that take in the beauty of the Sligo landscape that inspired WB Yeats. From climbing up to Queen Maeve’s grave on the top of Knocknarea, to watching surfers from the comfort of a beach-front pub in Strandhill, we would be happy to help you plan the particulars of your day trip. Sligo is a mecca for golfers with no fewer than a dozen of Ireland’s top golf courses within easy reach of this Sligo hotel. The castle offers a relaxing and peaceful haven to return to after a busy day’s touring while its home-from-home atmosphere makes it a comfortable and cosy base.
For help planning your visit to Sligo and Markree Castle Hotel, please feel free to contact us at any time. You might also find the following websites helpful:
Sligo Tourism A local resource where you will find contact and details of local events as well as plenty of things to do and see
Discover Ireland The Irish tourism body’s information network which has details of local activities and places to go.
Sligo Walks A brilliant new site with maps, and details of walks throughout Co. Sligo. The best way to experience the sights and sounds of the area.
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Sligo Tours provide personalised mini bus tours of Sligo and the North West of Ireland. Discover The Hidden Secrets of Sligo and its surrounding areas. They can Visit the remotest of places where a bus or coach tour cannot get to. Their mission is simple, if you want to go to specific places then that’s where they will go, but on the way they may take in spectacular views of other sites. A bus seating up to 7 people is €30/hour.
Wild Sligo is a FREE programme of guided wildlife walks with local wildlife experts showcasing the exceptional natural heritage of County Sligo. There will be one Wild Sligo event per month running from February to September 2013 with the events designed to provide an insight into Sligo’s estuaries, coastal habitats, hedgerows, rivers, woodlands and the key habitats, animals, birds and plants that can be found there. Download the programme
Take a tour down a real coal mine with a former miner. The Arigna Mining Experience provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700′s until closure in 1990.
The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. Home to a famous collection of Jack B Yeats paintings as well as housing a arts cinema and theatre.
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary
This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old.
Lough Gill and the Lake Isle of Innisfree
Take the Rose of Innisfree boat trip around Lough Gill and take in some spectacular scenery and history. The boat departs from Parkes Castle, a restored 17th century plantation castle which you can tour.